Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 5th, 2015 - In A Bad Magic Haze

Hails metal heads and hop heads!  Yer drinkin' buddy the Meista here with the latest from hard rock gods Motörhead... "Bad Magic" with a Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer Company!  This one goes out my metal sista and brotha Steph and Jeff!!  Cheers and hails you bad-asses!! 

Album Info:
  • Artist: Motörhead
  • Title: "Bad Magic"
  • Recorded: 2015
  • Release date: August 28th, 2015 (22nd studio album by Motörhead)
  • Record company: UDR GmbH
  • Production: Cameron Webb
  • Album cover art: Mark DeVito (based on Lemmy's designs)
  • Personnel: Phil "Wizzö" Campbell (guitars and piano on "Sympathy for the Devil"), Mikkey Dee (drums), and Lemmy Kilmister (lead vocals and bass)
  • Additional musician: Brian May of Queen (guitar solo on "The Devil")
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, speed metal, hard rock with elements of heavy blues
  • Sound: Straight-ahead, in-your-face, pure heavy-duty rock and fuckin' roll!!!  "Bad Magic" sounds like old-school Motörhead!  This is one of their best in my humble opinion! 
  • Major themes: Courage, good versus evil, death, violence, abuse of power, sex, substance abuse, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Victory Or Die"
  2. "Thunder & Lightning"
  3. "Fire Storm Hotel"
  4. "Shoot Out All Of Your Lights"
  5. "The Devil"
  6. "Electricity"
  7. "Evil Eye"
  8. "Teach Them How To Bleed"
  9. "Till The End"
  10. "Tell Me Who To Kill"
  11. "Choking On Your Screams"
  12. "When The Sky Comes Looking For You"
  13. "Sympathy for the Devil"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Boulder Beer Company (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hazed Hoppy Session Ale
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 38
  • Ingredients: US Roasted Barley, 2-Row Barley, and Caramel Malt with Nugget, Willamette, Crystal, and Centennial hops
  • Pour: Hazy copper-amber with a creamy, 1-finger off-white head that holds its form well and leaves lots of cumulus nimbus-like lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Hazed is initially very hoppy and then followed by a bready and malty backbone.  There are aromas of citrus (orange zest and lemon) along with pine resin, malt, soft caramel, hearty bread, and herbal tea.
  • Taste:  Following the nose, the taste of the Hazed Hoppy Session Ale is characterized by earthy and dank hop flavors along with a strong malt backbone.  There are notes of pine, minerals, herbs, grains, sweet caramel, malt, and subtle spices.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and well carbonated, the mouth feel is both crisp and creamy... very smooth!  The finish is slightly dry and spicy.  
Overall pairing:  Motörhead's fast-paced, fist-pumping, and head-banging style requires a brew that goes down quick and easy, but still has lots of flavor and a bitter bite!  The Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer Company fits that bill quite well in my opinion.  I picked up "Bad Magic" from my buddy Kevin at the Heavy Metal Shop ( and you should too!! 


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